Published on 29-Aug-2012
Validated on 03 Feb 2014
"We evaluate products across all vendors. We have chosen IBM over and over again just because our relationship with them has grown. They understand our goals and they’re there before the problems occur." - Director, Information Services Infrastructure, MUSC
Medical University of South Carolina
Virtualization, Virtualization - Server, Virtualization - Storage
The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is a top public health sciences center, with a 700-bed teaching hospital and a comprehensive academic institution.
As part of an ongoing commitment to delivering highly reliable IT services, MUSC needed to make a number of IT infrastructure investments to reduce transaction backlogs and reduce costs.
MUSC implemented IBM System x® 3850 X5 and IBM BladeCenter® HX5 servers with Intel® Xeon® processors to support its Cloverleaf financial and clinical transaction environment as well as virtualization efforts while migrating from UNIX-based systems to Linux in the process. MUSC also implemented x3850 X5 servers running in multiple Oracle RAC clusters.
The IBM solution eliminates a clinical and financial transaction backlog, supports better patient care through real-time information access, and accommodates massive growth while reducing costs.
Medical University of South Carolina, the oldest medical university in the South, implemented an IBM System x and BladeCenter X5 solution. The partnership they have with IBM enables them to look ahead and avoid problems before they occur. The IBM solution enables the clinicians at MUSC to provide top-notch, national patient care.
0:06 Jack Hoffman, Team Leader, Systems Administrator Group, MUSC
MUSC is located in Charleston, S.C., in the heart of the low county. Charleston is absolutely a healthy city. It’s part of the culture to be in shape in Charleston.
0:20 Kurt Nendorf, Director, Information Services Infrastructure, MUSC
And I think MUSC contributes to that, just the idea of that, and being here. If you need health needs, people come to MUSC.
0:29 Duane Deweese, Manager, Technical Services, MUSC
Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical university in the South. There are 11,000 employees, 2,500 students, and we have a million patient encounters a year.
0:43 Kurt Nendorf
I just don’t think we could deliver patient care today without the extensive technology that is out there. Technology; it has to be reliable.
0:55 Duane Deweese
Cloverleaf is the most important clinical application at the Medical University of South Carolina.
1:00 Jack Hoffman
The nature of Cloverleaf is to pass transactions as fast as possible between one application and another.
1:10 Kurt Nendorf
We evaluate products across all vendors. We have chosen IBM over and over again just because our relationship with them has grown. They understand our goals and they’re there before the problems occur.
1:23 Jack Hoffman
The performance we’re getting out of the 3850 X5 is phenomenal. The performance went from thousands of messages backed up in the queue to being transferred real-time.
1:39 Duane Deweese
Now we have a solution that’s able to handle the amount of data that’s being pumped through it. We are able to get the information to the clinician as quickly as possible. We have 1,200 virtual servers running on 38 HX5 blades.
1:55 Jack Hoffman
A lot of what IBM allows us to do with our virtual technology is save on power, cooling and our footprint in our data center, which allows us to do more with less.
2:06 Duane Deweese
Intel is critical to the MUSC infrastructure overall, a lot of our mission-critical applications are running on the Intel processors today.
2:16 Kurt Nendorf
IBM is very in tune with MUSC. They understand our mission; they understand our objective of reliability. We have to be 24/7 and accessible for our customers, for our users, so we can keep treat those patients.
2:31 Jack Hoffman
We use a lot of the IBM products. We have the XIV and we have the V7000.
2:38 Duane Deweese
One of the big things that has really helped us out is the IBM SAN Volume Controller. That virtualizes all the storage; it gives us a tremendous amount of flexibility.
2:49 Kurt Nendorf
IBM is a core vendor for MUSC.
2:51 Jack Hoffman
We know that the technology that IBM provides us will allow the infrastructure here to grow along with MUSC.
2:59 Duane Deweese
We’re positioned well for the future with the BladeCenter HX5s and the 3850s, with the storage technology that IBM has.
3:10 Jack Hoffman
In the digital age, the technology that is put forth from our department, with our partner at IBM, enables the clinicians here at MUSC to provide top-notch, national patient care. We actually save lives. I believe that; the technology we provide saves lives.
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